Commercial Track

New Commercial Track Addresses Growing Need for Technical Resources


Phoenix, Arizona – For the first time ever, the 2019 IIAR Natural Refrigerants Conference and Expo included a new Commercial and Food Retail track, developed in partnership with the NASRC. This new educational program featured technical papers, panels, and workshop presentations. The track brought new attendees from the supermarket sector, including national and regional chain retailers, service contractors, and equipment manufacturers.  

“IIAR’s emphasis on technical research and unique, data-driven content are well positioned to support the needs of the commercial sector. We received very positive feedback from supermarket stakeholders that see the benefit in this type of educational program.”

-Danielle Wright, Executive Director of the NASRC

The new Commercial and Food Retail track represents an expansion of IIAR’s traditional focus and expertise in industrial refrigeration. While the industrial sector has in-depth experience with ammonia, natural refrigerants still represent less than 1% of supermarket installations. As regulations drive the adoption of more environmentally friendly technologies, the need for education and technical resources is expected to grow.

“In recent years, the refrigeration industry has benefited from new technological advancements that are making the use of natural refrigerants feasible in both commercial and industrial sectors of our industry. IIAR has taken a leadership role in addressing this change through expanding our annual conference to create a broader educational program and more networking opportunities for attendees from the traditional food processing and cold storage industry to the food retail sectors of our markets. This program offers a great opportunity for our IIAR and NASRC members to share new technology, new operational demands across both sectors and improve safety and efficiency throughout the refrigeration industry.”

-Dave Rule, President of IIAR

The International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration (IIAR) is an international trade association who has historically focused on the safe and efficient use of ammonia as a refrigerant, primarily used in industrial applications. In the last decade, IIAR has expanded their mission to include all natural refrigerants in new applications such as food processing, cold storage, and food retail sectors. More recently they have introduced initiatives focused on carbon dioxide and hydrocarbons, which incorporate the commercial refrigeration sector.

The NASRC is a 501c3 nonprofit organization spearheading efforts to eliminate the barriers preventing the widespread adoption of natural refrigerants in supermarkets. Our network of members is composed of leaders from the supermarket industry, including major manufacturers of commercial refrigeration equipment, service contractors, design and engineering firms, utilities, trade associations, and over 22,000 supermarket locations in North America.

In 2020, the IIAR conference will be held in Orlando, Florida, March 15-18. The conference will again feature a commercial track and exposition for heavy equipment.

“We are honored to have partnered with IIAR on the launch of this commercial track, and look forward to supporting its growth in future years”, said Wright.

For more details on the 2019 IIAR Commercial and Food Retail Track, including session descriptions and presenters, click here.

NASRC's New Commercial Track at IIAR Conference & Expo


For the first time, the North American Sustainable Refrigeration Council (NASRC) has curated a NEW Commercial & Food Retail Track for the 2019 IIAR Conference & Expo (March 3-6, Phoenix, Arizona). While this event has traditionally focused on the industrial sector, this new track will incorporate the NASRC’s network of industry experts to explore groundbreaking ideas and trends in commercial refrigeration through technical papers and presentations, and panel discussions.

The IIAR Conference & Expo is widely recognized for bringing together a diverse group of industry experts to provide the largest natural refrigerants product exhibition in the United States, highlighting the latest technology innovations and products from leading manufacturers, contractors, and other service providers. With over 1,500 attendees last year, this conference provides opportunities to network and collaborate with some of the greatest minds in the natural refrigeration community.

Get a sneak peak of a few of the Commercial & Food Retail Track sessions below:

Case Study: The First Commercial Propane/Carbon Dioxide Cascade Refrigeration System in North America

This technical paper and presentation will discuss the first and only propane/CO2 cascade system in a North American supermarket, a pilot project intended to investigate the viability of this previously unused system option. Authors will explore the project roadmap and system design, approval and permitting process, cost comparison, and performance to date of this unique system.  

Supermarket Experiences With Low-Charge Ammonia

This panel discussion will mark the first discussion of end-users who have adopted ammonia/CO2 cascade systems. Panelists will examine their experiences with low-charge ammonia, including system performance, and barriers to adoption. This session will provide insights around questions, such as whether the perceived danger of ammonia is a true barrier, and what other barriers have prevented more supermarkets from considering low-charge ammonia systems.

Ready Or Not: Is Commercial Service Readiness A Barrier To Adoption?

Service readiness, including availability of service technicians, training resources, and certification programs, is often cited as a barrier preventing the adoption of natural refrigerant technologies. But is service readiness truly a barrier? Or is it a symptom of low adoption rates? This panel, composed of end users and service contractors, will explore this question and identify areas to address this barrier, true or perceived.

Click here To See A Full Commercial & Food Retail Track Agenda

NASRC Brings Commercial Track to IIAR Conference & Expo

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March 3-6, 2019 • Phoenix, Arizona

Introducing the NEW commercial track at the 2019 IIAR Conference & Expo, featuring valuable educational sessions, in-depth technical presentations, and new material unlike any other industry event. Gain insight into the groundbreaking trends that will shape the future of commercial refrigeration.

You won't find this combination of product exhibitions, networking opportunities, and technical content anywhere else!

Get a sneak peak of commercial track agenda topics here.